ASIA BIBI AND HUSBAND RELOCATE TO CANADA

16th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Alex Pollock A Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row after being accused of blasphemy has left the country to join her family in Canada, her lawyer and officials said. It marks the conclusion of an extraordinary ordeal for Asia Bibi, who was first convicted in 2010 after neighbours accused her…

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ANC WINS SOUTH AFRICAN ELECTION BUT WITH SMALLER MAJORITY

16th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) won South Africa’s parliamentary elections with 57.5 percent of the vote, the electoral commission said, announcing the official results. The win assured a sixth straight term in power for the ANC. But the result was the worst-ever electoral showing for the party, which has ruled South Africa since the end of…

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IRAN AND THE US ESCALATE THEIR ‘WAR OF WORDS’

16th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Andrew Richards Iran announced that it would stop complying with certain elements of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran nuclear deal, in 60 days if the remaining signatories did not find a way to make the deal more economically beneficial to Iran. The announcement came a year after President…

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SRI LANKA TERROR ATTACKS AND THEIR AFTERMATH

1st May 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland Sri Lankan police raided the headquarters of a hard-line Islamist group founded by the suspected ringleader behind the Easter suicide bombings of churches and hotels, a Reuters witness said, as Sunday mass [on 28 April] was cancelled due to fears of further attacks. Armed police in the town of Kattankudy searched the…

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COMMISSION ASKS U.S. TO PUNISH SAUDI ARABIA OVER SHIA EXECUTIONS

1st May 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland (with contribution by Mike Burnard) The United States government commission on religious freedom has urged action against ally Saudi Arabia after its mass execution of 37 people, most of them Shia Muslims. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom, whose members are appointed by the president and legislators across party lines but…

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THE NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL FIRE

1st May 2019 . by incontext_adm

Investigators are converging around two theories of what caused the devastating fire at Notre Dame cathedral: a short-circuit near its spire, possibly caused by electrified bells, or negligence by workers carrying out renovations, a theory fuelled by the discovery of cigarette butts. On Thursday [25 April], for the first time, police investigators were allowed to…

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SUDAN PROTESTORS DEMAND CIVILIAN RULE

17th April 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland Sudan’s main protest group on Sunday [14 April] demanded the immediate handover of power to a civilian transitional government, saying it would keep up the street demonstrations which ousted former President Omar al-Bashir last week to achieve its aims. (Reuters) Uncertainty and turmoil amid jubilation A sit-in in the Sudanese capital, which…

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CONCERN OVER HONG KONG’S PROPOSED CHANGES TO EXTRADITION LAWS

17th April 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Mike Burnard Thousands of people protested in Hong Kong on Sunday [7 April] against a government plan to change extradition laws, fearing an erosion of personal freedom and the city’s status as an international business hub.  The Hong Kong government proposal, announced in February, would grant the city’s leader executive power to send fugitives…

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RIVAL FACTIONS BATTLE FOR TRIPOLI

17th April 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Andrew Richards Libya has been plunged into chaos again, with forces loyal to a polarising military commander marching on the capital and trading fire with militias aligned with a weak UN-backed government. The battle for Tripoli could ignite civil war on the scale of the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed long-time dictator Muammar…

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INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED IRANIAN HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER SENTENCED

3rd April 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes,  according to her family. Sotoudeh is well known for representing human rights defenders, dissidents and women who protested against the compulsory wearing of a headscarf in Iran. According to IRNA, Iran’s state-owned news service,…

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